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Jobs and Internships for Veterans

Whatever your military branch or occupation background, you can find a job at CBP that builds upon your existing skillset. All military occupations are welcome to apply to our positions.

  • Border Patrol Agent: All military occupations are welcome to apply. If selected, you will go to the Border Patrol Academy where you will be trained in how to perform all functions of the job.
  • CBP Officer: All military occupations are welcome to apply. If selected, you will go to the CBP Officer Academy where you will be trained in how to perform all functions of the job.
  • Air Interdiction Agent: Military pilots may meet the minimum flight hour requirement.
  • Air Enforcement Agent: All military occupations are welcome to apply. If selected, you will be trained in how to perform all functions of the job.
  • Marine Interdiction Agent: As part of the application process you are required to pass a 3 part vessel assessment. Military experience with vessels is not required, but can serve as foundational knowledge to help pass the assessment. Agents receive full training in job duties when they come on-board.
  • CBP Office of Intelligence: Military members from the intelligence community may have skills that translate well to CBP’s office of intelligence.

Internships

Department of Defense (DoD), Operation Warfighter (OWF) Program

CBP provides internships for service members who are convalescing at U.S. military treatment facilities nationally via its partnership with the DOD’s OWF Program. This internship program matches qualified wounded, ill and injured service members with Federal internships in order for them to gain valuable work experience during their recovery and rehabilitation. Participants continue to receive their active duty salary throughout their internship.

The OWF experience assists with the service members’ reintegration to duty, or transition into the civilian work environment where they are able to employ their newly acquired skills in a non-military work setting.

If you are a wounded, ill or injured service member looking for an opportunity as an intern within CBP, please contact OSD.OWF@mail.mil or your OWF Regional Coordinator via the map on the aforementioned website today who will then work with CBP to identify an internship host location.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) Program

CBP provides eligible veterans and service members who actively participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) the opportunity to obtain concurrent training and practical job experience via the Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) Program. The VR&E program enables most participants to complete any required certifications, bachelors or master’s degrees, which aids in their transition into the civilian labor market.

The NPWE internship serves as an additional vehicle to full-time placement within CBP. Veterans and service members must independently enroll in the VA’s VR&E program and then have their VA counselor approve participation in an internship within CBP.  An internship opportunity will then be identified.

Although the NPWE program is labeled as a “non-paid” internship this refers to the fact that Federal agencies like CBP do not pay interns salary’s since they are considered strictly volunteers during their internship experiences. NPWE internship selectees receive a small monthly stipend from the VA during these full-time, 6 to 12 month internships, which is generally the equal to the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents.

Once selected by one of our CBP program offices, all VA NPWE participants are required to complete a full background investigation (BI), which takes between 5 to 7 months prior to beginning their 6 to 12 month internships in the agency.

For more information about the Department of Veterans Affairs Non-Paid Work Experience Program, please review the On-the-Job & Apprenticeship Training Programs Fact Sheet.

For more information on the CBP Veterans Internship Programs please, contact Jeff Jack, CBP Veterans Program Manager, at jeffrey.r.jack@cbp.dhs.gov or 202-281-8268.

Last modified: 
December 22, 2020